Office of the Attorney General
AG Conway Announces Guilty Pleas in Johnson County Prescription Drug Case

Press Release Date:  Friday, December 19, 2014  
Contact Information:  Daniel Kemp
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659 (office)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Attorney General Jack Conway and his Office of Special Prosecutions today announced the guilty pleas of a mother and son on prescription drug charges. 

This morning, 63-year-old Mary Lou Chandler, of Paintsville, Ky., pleaded guilty in Johnson Circuit Court to one count of trafficking in a controlled substance, a class D felony.  The Commonwealth recommends Mary Lou Chandler receive a two-year prison sentence to be probated for a period of five years.  As part of the recommended sentence, Mary Lou Chandler, who practiced as an attorney in Johnson County, also agrees to give up her Kentucky Bar Association membership and no longer practice law in Kentucky. 

Additionally, 35-year-old Matthew Chandler, also of Paintsville, pleaded guilty this morning to one count of trafficking in a controlled substance of 10 dosage units or more, a class C felony; and two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance less than 10 dosage units, a class D felony.  The Commonwealth recommends Matthew Chandler receive a seven-year prison sentence for his involvement in this case.

Both Mary Lou Chandler and Matthew Chandler are scheduled to be formally sentenced on Jan. 16, 2015, in Johnson Circuit Court.

“Prescription drug abuse is an epidemic that is destroying lives across the Commonwealth,” Attorney General Conway said. “I’m pleased that both of these defendants have decided to take responsibility for their actions, and I appreciate the efforts of my Office of Special Prosecutions, as well as the investigative work of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Kentucky State Police, for bringing this case to a successful close.  The guilty pleas reached in this case today should send a message that there are consequences for those caught illegally selling prescription drugs.”

On Sept. 18, 2014, Mary Lou Chandler and Matthew Chandler were indicted by a grand jury for selling oxycodone pills to a confidential informant from their Johnson County home.

Attorney General Conway’s Office of Special Prosecutions handled the prosecution of this case at the request of Johnson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Anna Melvin.